Today was senior day at Berkeley High and a victorious day for the eight seniors playing the last regular season game of their high school careers.
The Berkeley High Yellowjackets baseball team took on the Deanza High School Dons from Richmond with a win of 10-0.
The Yellowjackets got on the score board first, being very aggressive on the base paths, scoring three runs in the 1st inning then two more in the second, giving Berkeley a 5-0 lead. The 'jackets then relied on the strong arm of senior pitcher number 13 Jack Pinto who had all of his pitches working for him. His mixture of breaking pitches and fastballs kept the Deanza Don’s on their heels the entire game.
The Yellowjackets then added 4 more runs in the 4th inning. Senior catcher number 44 Ben Cerami had two of those RBI’s and after 4 innings Berkeley High had a commanding 9-0 lead. Cerami, who will continue his baseball career as a catcher for College of Wooster in Ohio next year, said that his pitcher Jack Pinto made his job as catcher “really easy when you have a pitcher who comes out throwing strikes and striking batters out and pounding the strike zone."
Berkeley would score one more run in the 6th inning bringing their run total to ten.
But the story of this game was the outstanding pitching performance of number 13 Jack Pinto, who ended the regular season strong, with a complete game shutout. Pinto, who will be moving on to Dartmouth next year, said he felt “pretty good with the early lead and thinks the team loosens up with the lead” and “that it felt good to win big going into the playoffs.”
With this regular season ending win, the Berkeley High varsity baseball team will qualify for postseason play, and now waits until Sunday to see where they will be seeded in NCS (North Coast Sectional) playoff tournament. Berkeley High Manager Matt Bremer believes his team will make it into the tournament as one of the bottom two seeds.
The beauty of sports is that the playoffs are a new season and anything is possible. Let's hope that this Berkeley High team can keep their collective mojo going, and make some noise in the playoffs.